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shows some of the victims. we can't confirm. but russia, the syrian government's ally and main weapons provider, is backing the regime's claim. syrian rebel spokesman accuse the government of using the weapon, saying this is all part of president assad's propaganda effort to mislead public opinion. the white house says it has no evidence on either side that anyone used any chemical agent. we'll have more on the administration's reaction in a moment. >> first, let's get to jonathan hunt. impossible to know if this is true. but we can look at this video and draw at least some preliminary, well, conclusions. >> we can't be certain about anything, but if you look at the video that is allegedly from this attack, and shows the victims, there's nothing here that would indicate, for instance, gas, the twitching of the victims, vomiting, drooling, mustard good, you would see blistering on the skin. we don't see any of those things in this video, and also we have not yet heard anywhere in the past fewer months or past couple years, any evidence that the rebels themselves have got their hands on
of government offices and businesses early. traffic jacks and some gridlock across the city. the same time, today was marked by new political uncertainty. lack lab announced provincial elections would be put off for six months. iraqi government sources are telling us now that the delay will be extented for all provinces across iraq. so in some, while the security has mostly improved in iraq over the last few years, the anniversary was a reminder of the darker days. >> bret: yeah, dave, what were you hearing and seeing? what were you hearing from the iraqis? were they shocked by this bombing, the series of bombings? >> guest: i think the bombings came as somewhat of a shock. although, everyone was aware of the anniversary. there have been bombings on previous verses haves, but the same time. the anniversary is a day that marks some upate and anger on the part of iraqis toward we werers. westerns are not so much of a target in iraq anymore. so depth and the amount of bombing was a surprise. certainly the announcement by prime minister al-awlaki was a big surprise. >> bret: what about the sec
. take 20% of their dough. hard to say. this much is not. it is going to happen. because the government needs the dough. if they still want to get european union dough. it gets weird and complicated. desperate to stay in the euro club. does this ring a bell? it should. no one is taxing the bank holdings, thanks to obamacare, they are going after the other assets. 3.7% on investment sales larger than 100,000 grand. the next time you try to sell your house, trust me. you will hit the roof. think about that. tax not on your income, earned or unearned but your assets. what you have, what you own. your tangible assets. home here, bank account there. is there difference? no. no difference between american government taxing you for medical devices and what it deems as a medical insurance plan. taxing you not on what you make but what you have. the stuff you attain through life of work no, matter when you work or how much you made when you work. stuff you got now. to government, it sees that you have it now and it wants it now and wants you to pay up now. feel for the cri produce citizens who c
to shut down the government, when it was shut down for three weeks when newt gingrich was trying to control bill clinton and his spending, and he is giving up his card. when boehner says we don't have an immediate dead crisis he is giving up his cards. he doesn't want to actually do something about this but likes being speaker. >> neil: they're looking at the next -- the end of this month we're facing yet another potential crisis. they're going to argue that the government could shut down. and this is their attempt to say, we won't brick -- bring it to that pranksmanship because we don't want it on our door step we caused it. but it's going to boomerang on them. they retook the upper hand and now they're giving it away. >> exactly right. sequestration was passed a year and a half ago, part of the plan a year and a half ago. all the republicans had to do is keep their mouth shut and stay out of the way. thank god they did that. here we go again. if they're not going to stand up now, to obama, and this absolute mindless spending, and borrowing and printing, then i have to say, neil
urgent. the state department confirmed the syrian government that has been killing it's own people today fired rockets into lebanon. the u.s. state department calls that a significant escalation. syrian jets and helicopters fired rockets into the north of lebanon into a town with a sunni population, a population that supports the rebels. at it also comes days after the syrian government reported that a large number of militants crossed into lebanon. this new cross-border attack is the latest sign the civil war reportedly killed more than morn 70,000 people and displaced millions of others, is spilling across the region and forcing the united states to consider playing a more direct role in the conflict. the united states recently did give their syrian rebel tens of million ops dollars in medical and humanitarian aid but the u.s. claims it has not joined the gulf arab nations and others in directly arming the opposition. >>> katherine, what are we learning about the strike across the bored center. >> a short time ago the state department confirmed syrian jets struck across the boredder in
in cyprus in the government are trying to work it so the rich have to pay more, so it's, you know, maybe maybe then the percentage will go down on those under 100,000 and up on those who have more than 100,000 in the bank. what kind of precedence does it set for those with the rights to their own money. lou dobbs from the fox business network. >> it's not like that taxpayers voted for it. they're stealing it, taking it out of their private savings accounts. >> that's right. and makes everybody glad they're in america. because this is a country, what is happening here, is that they're being run over by their corrupt banks, they're being run over by their corrupt government and they're be run over by an exceedingly authortainer european union that was supposed to be the reverse of this. they were supposed to bring all of those nations together, the euro zone, the european union and everybody lives happily ever after. they're behaving in this crisis in such an authortainer manner that it is disgusting. and by the way, the euro itself may be challenged in this. i want to say quickly one thin
's the principle here. the principle is that the government has come in trying to take over one-sixth of the economy in order to be able to gain control of our lives, and of course it's going to be a mess. what does the government do that is good when it starts interfering with our lives? there are functions for the government. they need to remember what those things are and leave the rest of us alone. >> neil: what they discovered, as you warned -- this is prior to your prayer breakfast meet and greet with the president -- that all of a sudden the goodies would be showcased up front. the problems would be later. the goodies were fewer, the problems many more, and the cost of this potentially much, much hire than the thought. how is all of this rolling out now? >> well, of course the reason that it was done in secret, rather than in a transparent manner in which it was supposed to have been done, is because there are so many bad parts of it. there's so many obligations so many new taxes associated with it. it's incredibly expense simple. it was supposed to lower the cost. it has
that it remains, quote, quite concerned that assad's government will resort to nonconventional weapons. that doesn't tell us whether they have today, but they remain quite concerned that the government will. now, james just mentioned, it was just last august that president obama issued a warning, and as i mentioned, about chemical weapons in syria. no matter which side used them, here is some of that. >> we cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hand of the wrong people, and we have been very clear to the assad regime, but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is-- we start seeing a whole bunch of chemicals weapons being moved around or utilized. that would change my calculus. >> megyn: coming up later this hour, colonel oliver north with the breaks news and what the united states of america might do, might have to do in the wake of the statements by president obama, if the chemical weapons claims prove true. we've got more breaking news this time from the investigation into the deaths of seven marines during a training exercise in ne
get it. there is new government job out there one agency is creating. pays six figures a year. might check it out despite the punishing budge jubt cuts we're hearing about. bill: benghazi six months later. the six simple questions one lawmaker that the believes the administration is dodging. >> the fact we have four dead americans. was it a protest or guys out for a walk decided they would go kill some americans. what difference at this point does it make? usual breakfast sandwich. a lot more flavor. [ anouncer ] ihop's new griddle melts... made fresh and hot! hand crafted just for you. it's like a sexy sandwich. [ anouncer ] compare new griddle melts yourself. just $4. it's like a sexy sandwich. it's an epic breakfast sandwich. martha: crews are now cleaning up the scene of that deadly plane crash that happened in the south bend, indiana. a crain is removing huge chunks of the private jet that crashed into a home on sunday. it took the lives of two people that crash, including the pilot of the plane and his friend, former oklahoma quarterback steve davis, who led the sooners to nati
the budget because the only way you really can make an impact on government is by understanding the budget. and for this president to be in office for five years, not be able to get a budget done on time, really tells us that he has no interest in our economy, he has no real interest in straightening out our budget problems. i don't know what his priorities are, but they certainly aren't straightening out the tremendous debt that we've accumulated under his presidency. >> greta: and the senate should note that other presidents should know that other presidents have been late, but this is the first time the president didn't get the budget before the house and senate and we waited and supposed to get it early april, but maybe. mayor, listen to this the national debt we all owe stands at more than 16 trillion dollars, so are president obama and speaker of the house, john boehner, both in denial or are they drinking the same stuff? >> i think it's important to recognize is that we've already cut 2.5, 2.7 trillion dollars out of the deficit. if the sequester stays in you've got over 3 1/2 trill
how government raises and spends money. >> wow. >> just 19% support the way congressional republicans are dealing with it. and it was nearly split. 47% sided with the president, 46% sided with republicans, and i wonder, joe, if this is at least inspiration enough for them to just get a deal. is anyone going to get worse than this? really? why can't they at least get something done. >>> i think politically the pressure is more on the president for this reason. you go -- you ask somebody -- it's kind of like lawyers. i found that everybody hated lawyers, right? >> yep. everybody loves their own lawyer. you should have seen what she did in court. man, let me give you my lawyer's number. it's the same thing with congressmen. everybody hates congressmen, but hey, my guy, my woman, they go up there and boy they fight. so, again, you've got to put yourself in the position of a congressman looking at 31% approval rating going, yeah, that's fine. i'm saying that 74%, the words of dire straits, you know, i got a daytime job, i'm doing all right. i think the pressure when you look at these numbe
that you have to remember that the prime minister of israel just formed a very fragile coalition government, and so the president, it's very shaky ground in israel, as well, in terms of his approval among israeli jews. many of them are sort of neutral about president obama. they don't dislike him but they don't adore him. and so for each man there is a big reason to show that they are in good for the other guy, to get some credit here in israel. and so, yes, there is good reason for each to show that all those old wounds are well on their way toward healing. nobody here is going to pretent that they don't have troubles. but they are showing that they can get along. >> keep looking for those smiles. thanks to jessica yellin in tel aviv this morning. we will come back to you over the course of the morning. this went from what was going to be a symbolic visit to one where all of a sudden there are urgent matters to discuss with the specter of chemical weapons possibly being used in syria. we want to go to our senior international correspondent ivan watson in amman, jordan, this morning. and iv
career. >> the favorite thing in the accounting discussion is compare the government to a family, saying you couldn't -- well, families do run debt, they cannot afford to buy their houses for cash, so they have a thing called a mortgage, which is the national debt of the family in effect. they try to oversimplify everything in this, but is there some break through in this point of republicans saying you know what, the debt isn't such a serious problem? >> there's no break through. i think it is a big deal that john boehner and others can't uphold this that the debt crisis is coming now or soon. if you go through what he said further, he said it is looming and coming. this is always the thing, with this spring of deficit hawk, there's always in some future the great crisis we need to fear. those that have said have been wrong, two years ago was supposed to be then. at least they're backing off it being so soon. that's eroding the underlying nature of the argument. >> does this help explain why they're doing nothing, the debt isn't a big deal? >> they a sequester, what more do they need. >
accusations have been made by former senators took part, the government itself took part in the 9/11 conspiracy and number two, they have the highest recidivism level of former gitmo detainees in the world. and those that return to saudi arabia become jihadists. why are we allowing the saudis to vet saudi applicants and jump to the head of the lines without going through customs and border patrol in the united states, is absolutely disturbing and bizarre and i think congress ought to hold hearings about this. >> we also do vetting. there's an issue about the saudi screening since our congressional research service describes them as a problematic ally in combatting islamic extremism and as you point out former florida senator bob graham, was co-chair with congressional inquiry coming out, i'm convinced there's a direct line between some of the 9/11 terrorists and the government of saudi arabia, we don't have that much faith in their screening when they tell us, this person can be fast-tracked and skip the line. we do our own screening here before we give them the special access pas
for trying out the new model, government subsidized haircuts shaves and shine will be a thing of the past and you the taxpayer will no longer foot the bill for the grooming of your senators. the american taxpayers have forked over 5.25 million dollars for, yes, senate hair care. pretty unbelievable, or maybe not. because we do know how important the perfect haircut is well, to certain senators. remember john edwards? remember this? ♪ i feel pretty, oh so pretty ♪ ♪ i feel pretty and witty and bright ♪ ♪ >> oh, what a classic. that's all the time we have left this evening. as always, thank you for being with us. let not your heart be troubled, the news continues. greta is next and see you back here tomorrow night. greta, take it away. >> greta: this is a fox news alert. an 8th marine has died after a mortar shell explosion during a training accident in nevada. several marines were also hurt in the desert warfare training and new outrage over senator harry reid's remarks and is he playing politics with the giant tragedy? >> late last night, seven of our marines were killed and ma
-- erupting over the euro zone bailout offer. the government of cyprus's central bank saying there should not be changes -- charges, rather, on accounts up to $129,000. they expect 10% of all deposits to be taken out when banks reopen on thursday. a russian energy company is looking to cash in on the gas problem is offering to bail out cyprus in exchange for the rights to explore for natural gas there. >> a stunning new report on mammograms this morning. researchers saying 60% of abnormal mammograms turn out not to be cancer and false positives can lead to unnecessary biopsies or even surgery. this is taking a serious mental toll on some patients. women who received a false positive report anxiety and depression three years after learning they're cancer-free. >>> don't even look at this. one week after mayor bloomberg lost his fight to ban big sodas, now he wants to ban the display of all tobacco products in stores. business owners would have to keep cigarettes under the counter or behind a curtain. this would make new york city the only city in this nation to do so. >> those are your hea
that was filled with explosives in his room. bill: washington getting ready for a possible government shutdown about a week from now? will that happen? the obama administration warning lawmakers it might have to cancel the annual easter egg roll on the first of april. that event happens every year. expected to draw ten of thousands to the white house set for april 1st, just a few days after the could run out of money. white house is saying finally by using these tickets guests are acknowledging this is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the executive office of the president and other federal agencies. if canceled the event will not be scheduled. we'll notify you if there are any modifications of the event. that bass part of the fine print given to members of congress when the invites went out. invites to bob beckel, former campaign manager co-host of "the five." brad blakeman, deputy campaign manager of president george w. bush. good morning to you. who wants to be peter cottontail here? brad, do you want to raise for your hand for that or is that better suted for b
for what the government promised them. let's prevent that crisis from happening. we know it's coming. this budget does that. >> some are against ryan's budget particularly those in the democrat party. it they are posing dramatically different plans for the budget. our hope is they can find compromise. the priority for both is to put americans back to work and establish strong economic growth. >> we need put americans back to, would and strong economy. a second priority one coupled with economic growth. i think we can do both. make sure we have deficit reduction but don't cut too much too fast. >> dick durbin also optimistic they can move forward. as congress grapples with developing a budget it must deal with another problem that looms it has to pass a continued resolution before march 27th to avert a government shut down. heather, they go on break at the end of this week. we will see what happens. >> of course they do. they are always going on breakdown there. >>> it is time for your first degree weather update with ma r maria molina. >> maria is in the weather center tracking anoth
. >> former astronaut ed lu testified today. he and other experts are pushing congress for new government spending to help stop asteroids. their request may hit budget realities here on earth, though. >>> president barack obama filled out his nca a brackets fr the fifth year in a row. obama picked the hoosiers over the cardinals to win the championship held in atlanta. >>> now he's in israel, jerusalem to be specific. we're awaiting a press conference with israeli president benjamin netanyahu and the president of the united states, barack obama. this is kevin.male an] to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for him, he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. i was okay, but after lunch my knee started to hurt again. and now i've got to take more pills. ♪ yup. another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? ♪ for my pain, i want my aleve. ♪ [ male announcer ] look for the easy-open red arthritis cap. [ kids ] yes! it's better to be fast to not be bitten by a werewolf and then you'll be turned into o
. syria's government and acquisition are trading accusations regarding possible crossing of that red line. syria claims the opposition launched a chemical attack leaving 16 dead and dozens more injured. if any one used the weapons it would be president assad's regime. >> no evidence to substantiate the charge that the opposition has used chem kl weapons. we are skeptical of a regime that lost all credibility. we would warn them about using preteches or cover for his use of chemical weapons. >> lindsay graham is calling for american troops on the ground in syria to secure chemical weapons sites. >> the house will vote over paul ryan's chairman plan. the plan will balance our nation's budget within 10 years. he is calling for $4.6 trillion in spending cuts reforming medior future generations and repealing obama care. democratic congressman rejected ryan's plan. his plan calls for $1.2 trillion f of new revenue. >> the statue of liberty will be open july 4th. it has been closed since super storm sandy hit last october. the statue was spared but water 8 feet high devastated around it destroyi
the libertarians who just want government out of their face and out of their lives and you kell another engine. try to do what reince priebus is doing right now and you will see the problem, try steering the car with your engine dead. try steering the political party once you kill the motor. you set out to kill the big motors of the republican party itself. for progressives the amazing thing here is people on the left, center left, and a big share of the center right now are together. they know why the republican established wants to free itself from the issues, they are relieved, thrilled really, it not them trying to hold together a motley crew. senior strategist for rick santorum's political campaign. let me go -- i want to start with the basic question of a political party. this week's republican autopsy report it's being called urged the party to be more inclusive of gay people, women, minorities, did not go unnoticed by the social conservative wing of the party. the report makes little of their concerns. the report never mentions the word christian or church. there's know -- no talk of abort
by not believing the people who lied to you before. the american government lied to its own people. honestly, i don't know of a worse lie one could tell other than a lie to take a country to war. to make up things to take people to war. that's got to be the most obscene, immoral thing to do. so this government hasn't earned the right to be trusted. if it says assad has chemical weapons or ahmadinejad has a nuclear weapon -- >> but it's not this government, is it, that went to war with saddam. >> which government? you're talking about obama versus bush? >> yes. >> i'm talking about the real government. wall street, the banks, people who made $2.2 trillion we spent on the iraq war. who made the money? soldiers in the field? i don't think so. this is always about the people who have the purse strings and the politicians bought by them. if they come on now and tell me anything about ahmadinejad is building a bomb. really? i'll believe it when he walks in the room with it and shows me. that's how much i don't trust anything said by the military industrial complex of this great country. >> when you see w
, the hard work of actually governing this church begins. it's the transition from style to substance. that's going to be the story going forward. >> hmm, interesting. all right, let's talk about going forward a little bit as we enter what is the most holy kind of year in the catholic church, the season of easter. outside of the pomp and circumstance, as we head into this time, what happens with what the pope does next? >> well, obviously the preparations now for holy week, he's learning to do what he's been doing as a priest for many years. he was or tained a priest in 1969, so celebrating mass for holy week is not new to him. celebrating it as pope is huge. i'm sure there's a lot of last-minute preparations as all of his assistants who coordinate those things are trying to learn his preferences. and we're seeing a lot of those kinds of things. we talked earlier about the fact that his -- his worth has been rather general and painting with broad brush strokes. so we're right now reading symbols. we're looking at his vesture and the things he's choosing to do. >> what that could mean. >> ho
into the possible use of chemical weapons in syria. president bashar al assad and his government accusing opposition of using them in aleppo. the opposition pointing its collective finger at the syrian government. as both sides continue to squabble, u.s. officials are trying to get proof that chemical weapons were used at all. pentagon correspondent barbara starr is following all these developments for us. she is joining us live. where are we right now on this, barbara? >> good morning, zoraida. u.s. intelligence community is conducting its own investigation as to what happened there and we have new details. as more pictures emerged of hospitalized syrians, cnn has learned u.s. intelligence agencies are in a massive around-the-clock effort to determine if these people were attacked by chemical weapons. so far, u.s. officials say there is no corroboration. >> so far, we have no evidence to substantiate the reports that chemical weapons were used. >> reporter: in a classified briefing to congress, intelligence officials said it's not clear what happened. but cnn has learned new details about how the c
government has used chemical weapons on its own people near the city of oleppo. listen to this. >> i have a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were used. we need that final verification. we need to step up in the world community to prevent a humanitarian disaster. >> we're tapping into the global resources of cnn this morning to bring you the most complete coverage of the developing story. we have a reporter in jerusalem. ivan watson is in jordan and chris lawrence is live at the pentagon. sarah, how did the developments in syria affect the president's agenda on this trip? >> reporter: well, not much. this has been a major concern already for both the obama administration and netanyahu's administration. we do know according to a senior israeli official that i spoke with on condition of anonymity that this issue of the united states being asked to strike syria if certain things such as some of their weapons, missiles in particular are heading over the border to hezbollah, an organization in lebanon that the united states and israel both consider a terrorist organization. tha
government. and is somewhat weakened after a tough re-election fight. so from the white house perspective, he comes, the president comes here at a pretty good time to try to reach out to the israeli people. try to let them believe that he really does care about israel. that he has their back. they've been very much supported by the united states militarily. the iron dome missile defense system. but for some reason israeli people, perhaps because of the president's 2009 speech in cairo. there is a feeling in israel that he has not shown them the love. so he's going to try to do that on this trip. he's going to go to the historic founder of israel, the hertzel monument. to show that he doesn't believe that israel's roots began only after the holocaust. and that he agrees with israel's timeline that it goes back to millennium. he's going to see the dead sea skrols. he'll pay homage to israel's deep rots and go to the west bank, go to ramallah and speak with the leader of the palestinians, try to get more of a warmer relationship. then they're talking about iran. and iran is front and center. he
be a mushroom cloud. and that's not true. there was relationship between the iraqi government and the people who attacked us on 9/11. and yet, there's the republican presidential nominee, the last one to run, saying actually the iraq war was a war of liberation. at the republican convention this year, when they picked that nominee, the speech was given by the national security adviser during the iraq war, the one who said the smoking gun would be a mushroom cloud, who describe that war in her speech that night at the convention as a hard hard decision to keep us from being attacked again. ten years later it is hard to come to terms with the fact we went to war based on something the president told us that was not true. there is nothing that can bring back the more than 4400 american troops who died in that war, the more than 30,000 american troops wounded will not be made whole. we cannot bring them back. we cannot heal their injuries retroactively. and george bush and dick cheney and condoleezza rice are still around. in terms of how we get right with this as a country, the accountability can't
financial hard-liners, but cypriots who think government-insured deposits aren't as safe as they thought may be followed by savers in spain or italy who fear the same fate and withdraw as much as they can. cyprus' parliment delayed a vote on the bailout terms, which may be modified. but it may be too late. some believe a lot of foreign money has already left cypress for dubai and singapore. jack lew arrives in china today as he starts his first international trip as treasury secretary. lew will meet with officials in new president jinping's administration and reportedly press them to crack down on cyber attacks aimed at the u.s. he is also expected to lobby about the value of china's currency. during his trip, lew will no doubt continue to keep a close eye on the situation in cyprus. the treasury department issued a statement saying lew has been speaking with his european counterparts. ratings agencies are facing harsh criticism in europe. a watchdog group revealed this week that ratings agencies have "shortcomings." those agencies, including fitch, standard & poors and moodys, have all been
of the president is he seems more interested in the trappings and fun stuff than the governance, which was the job he was hired to do. he has an enormous amount of power. we pay him to do the job. you can say the project process is not sexy or exciting. >> neil: i built a career on it. >> now we're going back and forth. the fact is this is what you law says. he should abide by that. >> neil: well-spoken. thank you very much. i was kidding you about your favorite days but i'm worried. >>> fair and balanced. new york democratic congressman charly wrangle doesn't agree with a thing he said, which is okay. >> listen, only if you're fair and equal. forget the brackets. i'm here for the budget. >> he's late. it's routine policy in washington for things to be late. i guess we get used to this. but should we? >> well, let me make it clear that once the budget is passed, it has no meaning at all in the law. and so that there's no compulsion for anyone to do anything if, and i hope soon, there's agreement to the budget. a budget is really a statement of policy of the party. and hopefully in the future, we w
in american families. tonight, one in 50 schoolchildren in america has a form of autism. the government survey is much higher than the previous estimate, 1 in 88. so what is happening? and also tonight, another small part of the puzzle. does it have anything to do with parents and grandfathers? abc's chief medical editor, dr. richard besser, on the clues. >> reporter: and now another clue into a possible cause of autism -- grandfather's age. researchers in sweden have found that the older a grandfather was when he had children, the more likely those children would be to have children with autism. for fathers the risk went up 1.8 times. for mothers, the risk went up 1.7 times. it's already known that one piece of the puzzle of autism is the age of the father. starting at age 30. take ray siegel. >> let's figure out if there is a genetic factor. >> reporter: his sons both have autism with different kinds of struggles, from reading to social interaction. moms pass on very few mutations. dads pass on 25 new mutations at age 20, increasing to 65 mutations at age 40 and so on. the more mutations, th
that would have allowed government officials to dip into the personal bank accounts of its citizens to fund a bailout. what's next? and with our nation facing a financial crisis, could it happen here? >>steve: we're talking to fox business network's charles payne. scary what's going on in cyprus. you see long lines, people up against the a.t.m. because the banks aren't open yet. >> it is scary because anywhere in the world people think their savings accounts are off limits. you've worked hard for this money. here's the thing. they were ready to tax everyone. i don't care if you would ten euro zone in the bank or a million euros in the bank, they were going to hit you with this tax. obviously that scares the heck out of people. >>alisyn: luckily it was shot down, that plan, because it was so controversial. how did europe react to all of this? >> it's interesting because i don't think the europeans were ready for this to happen. they hatched the plan over last weekend, the i.m.f., e.c.b. and the european union and i think they thought they had the votes. this puts them in a precarious positio
government at home and abroad. >> rand paul wants to accomplish the departments of education and congress and epa. >> small detail. >> and the federal reserve and abolish the income tax. the second amendment which does not allow in his opinion for any form of gun control whatsoever. he makes mitt romney look looks michael due dukakis. >> i paint in primary colors. >> these are details. >> they are details i would just as soon ignore. on some of those fronts. but, again, overall, the primary message that he delivers is less government at home and restraint abroad which you know what? the republican party has been reckless over the past decade. we have paid a lot for it with our philosophy. and so i think he's a good symbol like his father. listen. i voted for his father in the republican primary in 2012. did i agree with what he said about 9/11? >> god, i hope not. >> absolutely not. there are a lot of things that rand paul said i think are way out there and i disagree with, but the core issue of small government at home and restrained foreign policy abroad, i will -- >> not a realistic se
in washington, it is a big job on capitol hill with the senate expected to approve a plan to keep the government running, and we're getting word funding for some critical programs hit hard by automatic spending cuts might also be restored. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel live on capitol hill with that. seems like the biggest fight is not the short-term funding, but the broader budget debate, huh. >> >> reporter: the so-called continuing revolution to avoid a government shutdown seems to be on the path toward passage. overall, everybody seems to be feeling pretty good about it. so rather than going on the senate floor and singing "kumbaya", senate majority leader harry reid took time a few minutes ago to blast the house republican, paul ryan, budget plan. >> hand out more budget-busting tax breaks for the wealthy, and to pay for these wasteful tax breaks, ld -- it would end medicare guarantee, it would raise tax on middle class families. to appease the tea party, the ryan republican budget would risk recovery, and that's just a price too high. >> reporter: needless to say, republic
about destabilizing jordan and giving us maybe an advantage in iran if the syrian government changes and the fallout with israel. i think the long-term issue is do we have values that want to prevent this kind of thing? after all, europe finally did it and we were with them in bosnia. we didn't do it in rwanda. we did act in libya which has less strategic interest for us than this. i think there is no choice any more. i was very cautious for a long time and applauded obama for being cautious, but now we have reached the tipping point. >> we will come back to this. we have a lot of other news to cover as well. >>> first leg of mark sanford's shot at political redemption is complete. he easily clenched a spot in the runoff for the charleston area congressional seat. what is still unclear who his opponent will be. following thin voter turnout, bostic and grooms separated less than 1%. now sanford will try to cobble together support for those who voted for other candidates in what was a packed field flanked by his sons, sanford invoked the importance of putting the country's financial ho
that if -- if -- if our small businessman has to pay more money to the government, then he's going to have less money to pay to his ememployers, and the ememployers will have less money to send kids to the school of their choice. i think it's a matter of talking about the debt differently. not just we are in imminent danger in a debt crisis in this country. but what does that mean to people? it means that our government is growing so fast and it's becoming so expensive that we're making payments to our credit cards that we can't afford, which means we have to keep -- we'll keep having this debate about needing more revenue to the government. well, that means less money in people's pockets. it means less money at home. less money to put in your car. we have to tell the history of our party. the history of freedom and opportunity and equality. which we're not doing. and in your report earlier -- i think -- go ahead. sorry. >> yeah, listening to sarah palin, the republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, what she said at cpac this weekend. >> the next election is 20 months away. now is the time to fu
in 2011. >> no federal government employees, including counterterrorism agents, in the fbi, for example, no border agents. now, before we default, we could have time to make this sign for all points of entry. that's just the tip of the iceberg. >> i think he was being sarcastic, don't you? >>> now to the ones who were ill advised for whatever reason. first iowa republican congressman steve king with the solution for illegal immigration in the form of a construction project on the house floor. >> you can't shut that off unless we build a fence and wall. i want to put a fence in and a wall in. i designed one. this would be an example, then, of how that wall would look. you can also deconstruct it the same way. you can take it back down. i also say we need to do a few other things on top of that wall. one of them put a little bit of wire on top to provide a disincentive for people to climb over top or put a ladder there. we can electrify this wire, not a current that would kill anybody, but would be a deterrent. we do it in livestock all the time. >> now for one that made the loser list. i
are getting welfare, who are getting -- who are getting government benefits, and they don't want that to happen. so i think the white house is certainly pleased with where this is going. you have a bill probably that's going to be introduced next month in april, i think. it's a surprise that we're here. i think it's a surprise that we're talking about immigration. i think it's a surprise that we're still talking about gun control. >> but, you know, margie, reince priebus, the chairman of the rnc, he said yesterday on cnn that romney's anti-immigration comments hurt the party. watch. >> one of the issues that i think really cut pretty badly within the hispanic community is when mitt romney talked about self-deportation. and, you know, it's a concept that really doesn't -- it's not our party's position. but it was something that i think hit every hispanic kitchen table across america. >> but i just want to tell you that he's wrong. it is the party's position. because if you read the party's platform, it says -- this is a direct quote from the republican party platform that was vote
own missile defense system. a top chinese government spokesman telling the chinese media, quote, all measures seeking to increase military capacities will only intensify antagonism and will not help solve the problem. retired major general bob scales served five years in korea over his time in the military, that spans about three decades. that is him on the right there. he commanded artillery battalion that helped protect a key area along the dmz where we still have tens of thousands of troops. he joins us now. general, every time you're on we learn a little something extra about your service. nice to have you with us here today. >> thanks, jenna. jenna: geography can tell you something. being on the ground can influence your perspective on types of international issues. tell us how your time impacts what you see north korea is doing now and china's comments as well? >> well i spent most of my time actually serving on the dmz as in various capacities, assistant division commander, battalion commander and war planner. i understand as most people what the north korean mostives are and
. has sad's regime, they're blaming the rebelses, they're blaming the government. so who has the access to the chemical weapons? who has the most to gain from this? >> reporter: first off there is no definite proof that chemical weapons were used. what we do know is in an area near allepo, both the regime and reb bem belels are saying some gas was given off and we've seen pictures taken from a hospital showing some soldiers and civilians obviously suffering from the effects of gas. this appears to have landed very close to rebel regime lines, but actually hit the regime more hard. as you said earlier, the rebels don't really have the chemical weapons and if they did, that would suggest the assad stockpile has fallen into their hands. the regime is saying the rebels did have it, but the assad regime are the ones with the large chemical stockpile. once again no definitive proof they were used at all, but a serious development. >> one that the president had spoken about hypothetically back in august when he used the words red line. here he was in august. >> we have been very clear to the a
't help the case at all. >> greg: obama's governing reason is petulance. he like a sulking kid that won't come out because mom and dad took away the ipod. tall sequestions ration consequences are all in places that actually -- sequestration consequences hurt us and they don't have. we read about the programs. there is a program sponsoring duck mating habits. i won't get into it because it's graphic. but so much money and it's happening in places that the criminal criminals were investigated for human trafficking. maybe this is a new trade agreement between you and the mexico. fast and furious. >> bob: every 24 hours, 1400 illegals are exported back to their country. more than any other administration. >> andrea: bob, when you have a good fact like that, which you said repeatedly, doesn't it negate the positive action they take when releasing illegals? >> bob: i told you it was politically tone deaf. is it. but it covers up a very important point. which is they are doing their maximum that budget allows them to send back every single day 1400. >> dana: they use the stat that bob used. wh
twice. and i'm thinking back to when they were in really bad shape. i'm thinking back to maybe mcgovern, when they really had a -- bob strauss came along. you know, like you, as a party chair and tried to rebuild out of what goodwill and a little bit of b.s., i guess, from bob. the idea was to rebuild. sometimes you just have to say, we have to hunker down, admit we're not too popular, and just hope time's going to change? what can you change with a political party? does any party ever say, let's do it different? and get away with it? clinton? >> well, yeah, i think bill clinton did that with the d.o.c. and sort of changed the direction of the party on policy. they've got to do that. the first thing i would do, were i a republican chair, is i would promote republicans. i'd give exposure to republicans who were pro-choice, who believe that a woman has a right to choose. i would try to show we are truly a big tent. i would try to put someone up who like marco rubio on immigration and say, look, this is the republican party position on immigration. if you house members don't want to follow
. not major expansions but new subdivisions. and the israeli government is debating whether to give the green light for a major new settlement on a parcel called e-1. and president obama did not mention settlements. there are a couple opportunities today where he could have turned to his counterpart and said, you must stop. he has said that in the past. i'm sure it came up in the private conversation. but the president decided not to pick a public fight with the prime minister. but that is one of the huge obstacles to getting the palestinians back to the bargaining table. >> right. senator mitchell, i mean, you heard what john said there. how crucial is this going to be, this part of the debate? >> yeah. it's a very important part of it. let's be clear. every american president since israel was created has opposed israeli settlement construction. democrat and republican alike. no president has ever supported continued expansion of settlements. at the same time, we in israel are close friends and allies. we don't agree on every issue. and that's one on which we disagree. i think john is correc
they can be fearful to come forward. what are they going to do? >>steve: if they're government employees -- this is pure speculation but this happens a lot. something happens -- listen, don't make a big deal out of this and we'll take care of you. if you make a lot of racket -- >>brian: you've been watching too much tv. let's talk about something else. remember andrew jackson? after he would be -- after he won the white house, his defeat against john quincy adams, he invited all his guys to come into the white house and they wrecked the place. they started deciding we've got to watch who we bring into the white house. when this president won he said it's going to be the people's house, not going to be subjected to lobbyist groups. according to to a column today, we find out it is becoming a place where only the rich can go. >>steve: the white house currently -- you're taking a live shot at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. the tours are closed because of that scary darned sequester. it's closed to the poor but it's open to the rich. and what's interesting over the last couple of days, know that
was rotten to the core. a place for the russians to hide money from the government. if these banks were in the united states they would have been seized a long time ago so any testament to the cluelessness and phony supervision of the brain dead european regulators that it ever got out of hand like this. service. we're in big trouble. who knows? it could happen here probably around the corner. and that's when i blew my top. first, our banks are the best regulated in the world despite what senator elizabeth warren and chief prosecutor -- i'm sorry, chief reporter gretchen morganson from the new york times might tell us. it's not going to happen here and while i think it's always right to worry about the italian banks because they're poorly capitalized, i'm not going to saber rattle and make you fearful of wells fargo or huntington bancorp or first horizon or j.p. morgan. love 40, i say. no, no, game! at that point it was my turn to serve. i had no more patience. to each and every bear and by my account there were a dozen of them, i ask what does the cyprus crisis have to do with the pric
, america set out to topple saddam hussein's regime. it took less than three weeks to destroy his government, but the war that everyone thought would be short dragged on for nine bloody years. the war in iraq may have officially ended, but the costs and blood and treasure continue to haunt us. the iraq war cost more than $3 trillion. it killed nearly 4500 americans and wounded 32,000 others. it killed an estimated 114,000 iraqis. and while the death toll is a stark reminder of the cost of war, the lesson to be drawn from the last ten years remains unclear even today. joining us from new york is msnbc's rachel maddow. her book, "drift" is out now in paperback. rachel, thank you so much for joining us on such an important topic. >> sure, thanks for having me. >> you've done some great writing about war and what war means to america. i guess in thinking about all that and the writing that you've done and of course the documentary, do you think there is a lesson to be taken away from the iraq war? and if so, what is it? >> you know when we did "hubris" one of the things i thought was important t
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